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    Capping UK Welfare Benefits At £26,000

    Row over £26k benefits cap as Lords demand exclusion for child benefit

    Labour joined forces with Church of England bishops and Lib Dem rebels last night to try to wreck flagship plans for an annual limit on welfare handouts.

    Ministers reacted with fury as Church leaders suggested that capping benefits at a maximum of £26,000 a year was un-Christian.

    The bishops helped inflict a dramatic defeat in the House of Lords, with one even invoking the Bible as he argued against the Government’s plans.

    Prime Minister David Cameron said: ‘It’s a basic issue of fairness. Should people really be able to earn more than £26,000 just through benefits alone? I don’t believe they should. And I think the overwhelming majority of people in the country would back that view.

    ‘The criticism I get from many people is that £26,000 is too much. You have to earn £35,000 [before tax to take home £26,000] – that’s a salary far higher than the average salary in our country.’

    But peers voted by 252 to 237, a majority of 15, in favour of an amendment tabled by the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Right Reverend John Packer, which received Labour backing. Twenty-six Lib Dem peers – including former party leader Lord Ashdown – also voted against the Government.

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    The full article can be read here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/new....html?ITO=1490

    Surely 26K is a high enough amount for ANYONE to be claiming off the state, isn't it? I become enraged when I hear folks asking such things as "how can you raise 8 kids as a single parent on just 26K a year?" and my answer tends to be quite rude!

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    The UK seems to be overly generous with its unemployment and it seems to have had some really undesirable social effects by encouraging generational unemployment. I did a rough calculation and I think the maximum payment possible in Australia is about £14,000, which isn't likely to encourage people to stay on it any longer than they have to.

    The UK system definitely needs to be tightened up, but having said that I think that measures which aim to punish the unemployed are somewhat perverse when the economic system aims to always maintain a level of unemployment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ampersand View Post
    The UK seems to be overly generous with its unemployment and it seems to have had some really undesirable social effects by encouraging generational unemployment. I did a rough calculation and I think the maximum payment possible in Australia is about £14,000, which isn't likely to encourage people to stay on it any longer than they have to.

    The UK system definitely needs to be tightened up, but having said that I think that measures which aim to punish the unemployed are somewhat perverse when the economic system aims to always maintain a level of unemployment.
    The UK ranks in the top of EU members when it comes to welfare payouts. Another reason why it is very attractive for immigrants from all over the world. But to be fair, the standard costs of living are also higher than in continental Europe.

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    Yet it is very stingy when it comes to dole, £53 per week...

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    Yes, the basic Unemployment Benefit is actually very low for single people and you only receive the 'big bucks' if you have loads of kids!

    Naturally, there are no prizes for guessing which racial groups siphon off the most cash via this method

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unity Mitford View Post
    Yet it is very stingy when it comes to dole, £53 per week...
    Which makes out to be £2756 in a year, which is not outrageous, but the people they are adressing in the article apparently get 10 times that amount.

    Official figures published yesterday showed 67,000 households are receiving more than £26,000 a year in welfare payments and would be affected by the proposed cap.
    Would be interesting to know how many are just below the proposed threshold or even getting £20.000+ a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godwinson
    Yes, the basic Unemployment Benefit is actually very low for single people and you only receive the 'big bucks' if you have loads of kids!

    Naturally, there are no prizes for guessing which racial groups siphon off the most cash via this method
    Let me guess: Immigrants who have no chance of employment ( because they don't talk English and don't have any education) with 4+ kids.

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    Ministers reacted with fury as Church leaders suggested that capping benefits at a maximum of £26,000 a year was un-Christian.
    Where is their fury about the displacement of British and christianity with all the waves of foreigners? These guys are no real leaders.

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